I have officially been a Swiss resident for one whole year. Where did the time go? It feels like just yesterday I arrived to a snowy and cold winter Sunday in Zurich. Thinking about my past year abroad, I can best describe it as constant learning experience. Learning a new language, new ways of doing things, a new city, how to be a better traveler, the list goes on. There are obvious things you need to learn, but then there are the things I never could have imagined that I would have to (re)learn. Like throwing out trash and recycling correctly. Or not doing laundry on Sundays as to not disturb fellow tenants on their “day of rest”. Or weighing your produce at the grocery store before getting in line (ooof they get mad about this one!).
I know I just talked about eating healthy, but basically I eat healthy most of the time so I can indulge in chocolate, and most recently; Swiss chocolate. Lately, I’ve had a lot of visitors, so I had to let them experience my favorite part about this city- the chocolate, of course. Let me give you a little taste of what this country has to offer.
Last week, Jon’s office threw us a celebratory “apero” for our recent nuptials. I thought it was just a casual happy hour, so I arrived fashionably late, per usual. As I arrived, everyone was sitting down in a circle and there was an empty seat at the head of the circle, next to Jon, waiting for me. It was definitely more of an entrance than I wanted to make, but the embarrassment wore off quickly with a glass of wine.
I’m back in the kitchen and it feels so good. Cooking is easy without measuring cups and spoons, but baking…not so much. I managed to survive by taste testing many different Swiss chocolate bars.
Which is also why I need to start baking again. But with a healthy twist. I have a wedding dress to fit into soon and just like every other girl in my position, I want to tone up for the occasion. I can’t handle the newest Paleo or Whole30 diets, since I simply don’t have the desire or willpower. But, I have strong beliefs in the power of good ‘ole calorie counting. Then I can still have my desserts and French fries, just in moderation.
After two months of living out of a suitcase, we were ready to get our stuff back. We moved into our “permanent” apartment last week which meant the moving company could finally deliver our things! These things came into our apartment on this really cool lift through our balcony. Did I mention we have a balcony? Well, we do. Two actually. It’s pretty exciting.
Fünf means five in German and I think it’s such a funny word. In hopes to use this word as much as possible, I am going to do a little weekly series. Show you all a peek of my daily life in Zürich with five pictures each week (the term ‘weekly’ is used loosely so don’t get your hopes too high). So here goes…
Zürich celebrated the burning of the Böögg with a weekend festival of activities. We celebrated with a stick of meat. The time it takes the giant Snowman to burn signifies when Spring will come. The time it took Jon to eat this stick of meat signified that it’s time for barbecue season whether Spring comes or not.